Sculpture & Installation
Tutors: Gerry Davies and Sarah Casey
My practice explores the representation of ephemeral processes using materials that are ephemeral themselves. To consider those cycles of activity that continuously take place without acknowledgment, many inherently existing within the human body, like breathing. My work is created using dissolvable fabric and film, which evolves at the point of interaction with water and wax which can be melted or even just softened under contact with a heat source, most obviously, fire. These ‘elements of the earth’ (water/fire) are ephemeral themselves and have extraordinary powers to be both life-saving and extremely destructive.
I work primarily in sculpture, creating ‘tube’ forms, as
these explicitly imply the shape of vessels within the body where these ephemeral processes take place. It could also refer to the human body in its most simplistic totem form, consequently encompassing the ‘vehicle’ within which these activities are performed. My chosen process of manipulation of these malleable materials means they respond to the heat of my hands, beginning to soften and deform slightly, thus each piece bears mark of my trace, causing imperfections. Subsequently, I intend to draw the viewer in to observe these subtle alterations and marks made during the process and experience a ‘moment of contemplation’.